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Two arrested in Jobstown as chaos ensues following protests at Tanaiste's visit

Two males were arrested today in connection to the protests in Jobstown, West Tallaght.

A Garda spokesperson confirmed to Independent.ie that two male teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were arrested.

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Riot: A man throws a brick at a garda car in Jobstown yesterday. Inset: Gardai lead Ms Burton away, after she was trapped in her car by protesters

Riot: A man throws a brick at a garda car in Jobstown yesterday. Inset: Gardai lead Ms Burton away, after she was trapped in her car by protesters

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

Gardai attended the protest which saw the minister blocked from leaving a community centre in Jobstown, Tallaght. (Photo: Tallaght Says No To Water-Metering/Facebook)

Gardai attended the protest which saw the minister blocked from leaving a community centre in Jobstown, Tallaght. (Photo: Tallaght Says No To Water-Metering/Facebook)

A male Garda was treated in hospital for injuries arising from the incident.

A male Garda was treated in hospital for injuries arising from the incident.

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

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Riot: A man throws a brick at a garda car in Jobstown yesterday. Inset: Gardai lead Ms Burton away, after she was trapped in her car by protesters

One arrest, a 17 year old male, is in relation to criminal damage to a garda vehicle.

The other individual, an 17 year old, was arrested in relation to a public order incident. Both arrests were made after Tanaiste Joan Burton had left the area.

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A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

Separately, another individual who was photographed throwing a brick at the scene.

Earlier today, more than a hundred anti-water charge protesters vented their anger at the Tanaiste.

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A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

The protest started at midday - Ms Burton was still at the location some three hours later.

More Gardai were called to the scene as the protest escalated. The Public Order Unit was also called in briefly.

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A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

Independent.ie has learned that Ms Burton was moved by Gardai from her ministerial car to an unmarked garda gar in a bid to avoid protesters, but then it was blockaded.

Then, Ms Burton was then rushed by Gardai to a force jeep which itself was blockaded by protesters for a considerable amount of time.

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A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown.
Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

A rioter throws a brick at a garda car during a Anti Water charges demonstration in Jobstown. Photo: Tony Gavin

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Ms Burton’s spokesman also criticised the failure of new TD Paul Murphy to show leadership.

“Paul Murphy is a member of Dail Eireann, and it’s incumbent on everybody in positions of leadership in a democracy to encourage people to behave in a peaceful way that does nothing to undermine the social cohesion of the country”, Ms Burton’s spokesman said.

Speaking to Independent.ie, Mr Murphy insisted it was a peaceful protest but called into question the actions of Gardai in their treatment of protesters.

Pictures have been posted on social media which show a car surrounded by protesters.

There is still a Garda presence at the scene.


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